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February 20TH 2007
TUESDAY





Dean Collins & Jewell McGowan
Featured in the movie "Buck Privates"



Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order.

~ Samuel Beckett


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STICK 'EM UP!

YA ALL BETTER BE THERE FOR
MY BIRTHDAY AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH

YE HAW!

It's February, must be B-Day time again! And if it's my b-day, it must be "Western Nite"! Ever since I got the outfit below at age four, I've loved the ol' West. Part of my family even came across the country in a covered wagon, so I guess I come by it honestly. I've always loved horseback riding, and when I was a kid, I could never decide which I wanted to be more, a cowgirl or an Indian, so I alternated regularly!

Join me in celebrating my birthday in your best vintage or vintage-inspired Western gear.





"BABY BOOGIE"
Featuring Lindy Hop Dancers
Dean Collins, Jewel McGowan, Bob Ash and Elsie Parish



THIS WEEK'S CONTEST!!

The first person to send us an email with the answer to the following wins a free pass to the Rhythm Club for tomorrow nite:*


This week's Clip of the Week shows two of our favorite swing dancers: Dean Collins, Jewel McGowan as well as the wonderful Bob Ash and Elsie Parish

There also happens to be a pretty good singer in this clip.

Name the singer!

Send your answer to us at info@rustyfrank.com.




LAST WEEK'S WINNER

Garrett Assay

LAST WEEK'S CONTEST:

Last week's Clip of the Week shows Barbara Stanwyck singing "Drum Boogie." This WAS a THREE-PART quiz:

1.Who dubbed the singing?

2.What song did this singer make famous?

3.With what famous band did this girl sing the longest?

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS:

1. Martha Tilton
2. "And The Angels Sing"
3. Benny Goodman

*Contestants may play as many times as they wish, but may only win the prize once a year. Contestants must use their Rhythm Club pass for the week they won the contest.




MARCH CLASSES!

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE.




MARCH-APRIL 2007 -- ONE LEADER SPOT AVAILABLE!

There is ONE leader spot available for the March-April Master Track. Please let us know if you are interested info@rustyfrank.com!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW FOR MAY-JUNE MASTER TRACK:

To hold your spot for The Master Track, send us an email with your name and the series you'd like to join. Remember, the course has a limited enrollment, so reserve your spot now. Email us at info@rustyfrank.com.

CLICK HERE FOR MASTER TRACK DETAILS


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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

02/21 --Live Music
Benny Brydern Quartet
Hot Club -- Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli Nite

02/28 -- Live Music
Jumpin' Joz

Rusty's Birthday ....
YES! It's Cowboy Nite -- Dress Western!

03/07 -- DJ Nite With The Professor
(7:30 Beginner Swing Lesson)

03/14 -- Live Music
The Wiseguys - Big Band Nite!

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Dave Andrews
Eve Reymond
Joe Neric
Lee Garrett
Tom Bohlinger


If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club
so you can get your birthday dance!





REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON!


HOLD THESE DATES FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

All workshops are held on selected Sundays throughout the year from 11:00am-1:30pm at Rebekah Hall in El Segundo 90245. Click HERE for details (as they are revealed to us!)

2007 WORKSHOP DATES

March 18 -Balboa
May 20 - Aerials
June 10
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18

REPORT
SSRC EVENT ~ SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2007
Downey Retirement Center

by Jessica Densmore

Thanks to Scott Giordano and John Apodaca this Event finally got from planning stages into the facility. John's niece was enthusiastic about getting us out there since before the holidays so Scott and John made it happen with help from recruiting skills of Debbie Wastling and others. The participants included:

    Scott Giordano

    Laura Greenlund

    John Apodaca, who also narrated

    Teresa London, who also DJ'd

    Tammy and Jerry Mancini

    Norman, who also photographed

    Tony Mercurio and his friend Marilyn

    June from Manhattan Beach, a friend of Scott

    Melinda Lee

Nolan, who heard of the Event via Joshua's website (I do not have a last name but will forward to Joshua, and Joshua, thank you for your help to recruit for our Event)

Residents and dancers were enthusiastic and this one is definitely in the "let's do it again real soon" category!!!

Again my personal thanks as I was not able to plan or participate in this Event - but know I was cheering from the invisible sidelines.

Jes


REPORT
SSRC EVENT ~ SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2007
Earlwood Care Center

by Jessica Densmore

This Event was done at the request of Activity Director Joy, who is a real "hands on" worker for "her" patients. In communicating with dancer, Jamie England, whose mom is a resident here, she found out about the SSRC program. When we talked to set up date and time, she said, "anytime you want to come down, any day, morning or afternoon, we will make the room ready for you and I will be there". She was there, moving patients, tables, bringing water...what a ball of fire! We made sure that she got to dance with all of our men, after a quick lesson in basics, of course - it was the loudest applause of the afternoon, patients and their families, and personnel.

Participants included:

    Jes (yep, she finally made it back) - "new" script, DJ

    Debbie Wastling - narrator and roadie

    Norman Kajikawa - photographer

    Tammy and Jerry Mancini - you two are so cute...

    Jeremy, Ryan and Kathleen - these three family members are the most loving and enthusiastic people and perfect for this program - we hope they join in often and bring more of their family members and friends (as I know many of them have had lessons with Rusty)

    Linda and Tony Garcia - always a crowd pleaser with their special dance displays, this one a sizzling nightclub two-step - done to "Minnie the Moocher" brought in oohs and aahs from the audience, including. employees who were peeking in.

    June from Manhattan Beach, a friend of Scott's, who just loves to dance...and it shows!

    Tony Mercurio and his friend Marilyn, caught on the 91 Freeway who arrived just in time for the jazzy "Riff" number, so perfect for their style - we know he made this entrance on purpose!

    Jamie England, last but not least, whose mom Marie finally got to see her "favorite son" dance -

Our favorite moment? A somewhat surly-looking gent in a wheelchair who started moving to the music - when questioned about his obvious love for the music and dance, he was able to talk with difficulty and said he was a swing dancer. We brought him to the "stage" and he led several of the ladies during the Boogie Woogie number. Another gent had the same story, though not able to talk as well, did also lead a lady for a short time. These are the moments we aim for in this program and the process is simple...show up... dance...and watch what can happen.

Also, personal apologies to some of the dancers, esp. Linda & Tony, for not sending them in more often - I am a little out of practice, but wait until next time!

Thanks again to all who participated.

Jes

P.S. Special good wishes to John Apodaca, who couldn't make it at the last minute as he had a family emergency - Know we are thinking of you.

"Making a difference through swing dancing"




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*The Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC) has two goals:
Fun & Philanthropy.

Anyone can join! See full details at the bottom of this newsletter.


RUSTY & GANG PRESENT
LINDY HOP & TAP TO SCHOOL KIDS
FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

"STEPPIN' AHEAD -- DANCERS BREAKING DOWN THE COLOR BARRIER

For years I have been dreaming about how to bring Lindy Hop and Tap Dance into the public schools... how to let kids know that dancing does make a difference... that dance can help make the world a better place.

Two weeks ago, I was asked to come to Lynwood Middle School with such a program for Black History Month. About 50 hours later (!!), I had my program worked out and then...

Last week, we did four assemblies for a total of 2,000 11-14 year old kids. The theme was to show how entertainers significantly helped break down the color line, just as did people like Martin Luther King & Rosa Parks.

We showed clips of the Nicholas Brothers, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Shirley Temple & Bill Robinson (the first integrated dance duo in films - 1935!), and the Benny Goodman Quartet (first major integrated band -- 1935!). We pointed out that entertainers started integrating 37 years before baseball, and 58 years before laws like the Fair Housing Act.

In addition to showing the clips and giving historic information, we also performed Tap, Shim Sham, and Lindy Hop. AND... we got four kids up front each assembly and put them in 1940's clothes and showed them a dance routine.

The kids just LOVED the clips and our dancing. And they learned in the process -- that dancing can make a difference in this world.



PERHAPS YOU KNOW A SCHOOL THAT WOULD LIKE THIS PROGRAM?

Ryan Jackson, Jeremy Norman, Rusty Frank, & Mo Jones
with a VERY HAPPY Vice Principal of Lynnwood Middle School (second from right)

If you know of any school that may be interested in this program, have them contact me at: info@rustyfrank.com or 310 606 5606. The program was designed especially for Black History Month but could be used throughout the year.

You can send them to my website where I now have a page under "News & Events" called "Black History Month Program" -- click HERE to see it.

I have a pretty wonderful sampling of the program up, too, on that page. Here 'tis if you have an extra 4-minutes:

SAMPLE REEL

"STEPPIN' AHEAD -- DANCERS BREAKING DOWN THE COLOR BARRIER"




LEVEL 1 - FEBRUARY 2007 - CLASS PICS UP!

Click HERE to see your Lindy By The Sea class




ULTRA LUX SALON CLASS -- PICS UP!

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RADIO MODERN - BELGIUM -- What can I say? It's just plain fun seeing what other swing dancers are doing around the world. Have fun "visiting" Belgium on this site!




Swing Shift
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* Wondering what the heck a "gate"is? This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian, Jerry Colonna, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the Bob Hope radio program. It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer or swing music enthusiast). Basically, we swing like a gate!


JOIN THE FUN!
BUT, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?

Many of you still don't know about our Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's one of our best kept secrets. Now is the time to get the SSRC "above the radar."

THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB (SSRC), founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, The SSRC has two missions:

1. Having fun! (Fun) 2. Doing good deeds! (Philanthropy)

1. Having fun: Events where swing dancers can socialize and get to know each other outside of class (vintage clothes shopping, going to a dance-related movie, dancing in the park, eating at retro restaurants before a dance, etc.).

2. Doing good deeds: Events where we bring swing dancing to hospitals, senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.

The SSRC is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by its members. There are no dues. Members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.

"How do I join?"...
Right now, fill in your email address
and click the Yahoo log (that's it!):

Subscribe to SwingShiftRhythmClub

Then you will receive updates of activities (or you can organize one yourself!). Check the yahoogroup "Swing Shift Rhythm Club" calendar here for postings of upcoming events.

Join us in making the world a better place through dancing!

Thank you for joining!

Rusty Frank, Founder
Jessica Densmore, Philanthropic Events Coordinator
Cathryn Sayer, "Just for Fun" Events Coordinator
Norman Kajikawa, SSRC Photographer

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